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Thomas P God's grace manifestedPosted Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 2:53 PM
Thomas P. Wilikers
One year, about 8 years ago, two stray kittens wandered up in the yard.
People were always dumping animals behind the old Cracker Box restaraunt and they would invarably end up at my house.
What was differant about these kittens was that they were both wild and skittish and it was winter time.
I fixed a box on the back porch with a comfey blanket and heating pad. I put my jammies in the box so they would get used to my scent.
I set food out and it would be gone by morning.
I was reassured to see the kittens in the box keeping warm.
One day i noticed the darkest kitten was missing, the only one left was a small feisty, orange male.
He would not allow me near him at first.
He would puff up and hiss and growl like he was 20 times his size.
Eventually i could get near him if i laid down on the back porch and touch him while he was eating.
Soon we became mealtime friends...
It got to where he enjoyed my other cats and they took care of him too.
This kitten, whom i named Thomas P. Wilikers, became the comic relief around the porch.
Soon, i could touch and hold him for short bursts at a time.
As soon as i was able, I took him and had him vaccinated and neutered.
Thomas soon became intergrated in the house hold.
He loves to sit beside the family if we are sitting at the breakfast nook in the kitchen.
If you don't pay attention to him he will reach out a paw and touch you. And touch and meow and touch! Demanding Kitty!
He is the ruler of the house, a veteran fighter. He weighs 19 lbs and he is a big love.
Before we had the evil neighbor, he would cruise the neighborhood keeping it safe from other cats and dogs.
He has lost some teeth due to fighting, and we built a sancturary for them to go out in.
He still managed to get into a fight through the fence and broke a long fang on the fence, resulting in Dental work at the vets.
We sing little songs to him and he answers, with a loud meow. He is quite the gentleman and will love on you and talk to you all night if you let him.
He is still skittish if visitors come over, but he is getting more used to people.
I tried to put the harness on him and walk him like i do Teddie, but Thomas was not having any of that. He instantly became jello kitty and fell to the ground like a stone.
He loves to make certain we are "clean" and grooms us if he thinks we need it.
He loves my Dr. Bronner's Hemp peppermint soap.
As i look back at the scared kitten he was to the big love he is today, I see God's grace at work.
He takes what is scared and lonely and loves it, and feeds and cares for it, wraps it in the scent of God, until it feels safe and comforted.
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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
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